Air Algerie jet’s black boxes to be sent to France

The logo of the Air Algerie company office, at the Opera avenue in Paris Thursday July 24, 2014. A flight operated by Air Algerie has disappeared from radar while traveling from Burkina Faso in West Africa to Algiers. Authorities say it was carrying over 100 passengers and crew when air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair plane 50 minutes after takeoff earlier this morning. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
The logo of the Air Algerie company office, at the Opera avenue in Paris Thursday July 24, 2014. A flight operated by Air Algerie has disappeared from radar while traveling from Burkina Faso in West Africa to Algiers. Authorities say it was carrying over 100 passengers and crew when air navigation services lost track of the Swiftair plane 50 minutes after takeoff earlier this morning. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) – A French embassy spokesman says black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that crashed last week in northern Mali will be transferred to France for analysis.

Didier Nourrisson said Sunday the black boxes would be transferred from northern Mali to the capital, Bamako, and then delivered to Paris by French gendarmes.

The plane took off from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and was heading to Algiers, Algeria when it crashed early Thursday in northern Mali near the border with Burkina Faso.

French authorities say extreme bad weather was the likely cause but aren’t ruling out other possibilities, including terrorism. French President Francois Hollande said Saturday that data from the black boxes must be analyzed as quickly as possible.

The crash killed 118 people, nearly half of whom were French.

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